Bangladesh retain Mashrafe as ODI captain for Zimbabwe series

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Wednesday, has retained veteran performer Mashrafe bin Mortaza as the captain of one-day international side in the forthcoming three-match limited over series against Zimbabwe.

It would be the first time Mashrafe representing Bangladesh ODI team since the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup last year.

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BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon during a briefing to reporters in Dhaka said,

“At this moment we don’t have a substitute for a captain like Mashrafe. If he is not fit, that is another issue.”

It can be noted that Mashrafe withdrew his name from national team contract in January this year.

The board president further said the time has come for the 37-year old to take a decision on his future and pointed the authorities are looking forward to select a new captain for the fifty over format soon.

“We have to decide about our next captain very soon. We’re thinking about appointing a new captain for the ODI team who can lead Tigers in the next World Cup,” Nazmul Hasan said.

“You’ll learn (who is the next captain) after the meeting. Now we’re waiting for this series,” he said.

Earlier BCB offered Mashrafe bin Mortaza to give a grand farewell but he rejected to receive any such tribute.

Bangladesh will face Zimbabwe in the three-match ODI series from March 1 in Sylhet. The remaining two matches of the three-match series are scheduled for March 3 and 6.

After that they will travel to Pakistan for the third  before travelling to Pakistan in April for a one-off ODI series.

Mashrafe enjoys hero status in Bangladesh after taking the team from being international whipping boys to gaining respectability as a limited-overs side.


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